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Title (as Director of Photography)



Prod. company

The Bird Catcher  Ross Clarke Motion Picture Capital
Skjelvet ( The Quake)  John Andreas-   Andersen  Fantefilm
Mordene i Kongo (Partly) Shared with John Andreas Andersen  Marius Hols Friland 
The Ash Lad  Mikkel Sandemose Maipo
The Kings Choice   (feature film, 2. world war drama)  release autumn 2016 Erik Poppe Paradox
The Wave  (disaster movie)  release spring 2015 Roar Uthaug Fantefilm
The Heavy Water War  (6 ep. mini series. 2. world war drama) release winter 2014 Per Olav Sørensen FilmKameratene
1001 Grams  (drama) release autumn 2014 Bent Hamer Bul-Bul Fim
A Thousand Times Goodnight (drama)  jury’s Special Grand Prix and the Founder´s Award in Montreal Erik Poppe Paradox
Escape / Flukt (action adventure)  Roar Uthaug Fantefilm
Stella Days Thaddeus O´ Sullivan Newgrange pictures
The Half Brother /Halvbroren (mini series)  Per O Sørensen Monster Film
People in the sun / Mennesker i Solen  Per O.Sørensen Maipo
Home for Christmas Bent Hamer Bul-Bul Film
The Honney trap / honningfellen (mini series) Per O. Sørensen  Nordisk Film 
Troubled Water/psychological Thriller.Winner of Hamtons Inter.filmfest. Audience award and Golden Starfish Erik Poppe Paradox
O Horten Official Selection Cannes Winner of Amanda, nom. Europ. FilmAward,  best director Flanders Bent Hamer Bul Bul Film
Greatest of all / Størst av alt (mini series) Erik Skjoldbjerg NRK
The bothersome man Official Selection Cannes Winner of  Amanda, ACID at Cannes Filmfestival, Maverick Spirit at Cinequest San Jose,Edda Award, International Fantasy Film Award, Gradn Prize, Intern. Critics, SCI FI, Youth Jury at Gérardmer. Filmfestival Jens Lien Tordenfilm
Slangebæreren (mini series)  Martin Asphaug  Nordisk Film
Factotum /USA.Official Selection Cannes. Nominated for Amanda, Won Golden Swan at Copenhagen Int. Filmfest., SDFC Aeard at San Diego Film Critics, Nominated, Golden Spike  Valladolid Int. Film.festival.  Bent Hamer  Stark/Bul-Bul
The color of Milk / Ikke Naken /romantic comedy.Nominated, Golden Poznan Goeat, Amanda, Won Crystal Bear, Deutsches Kinderhilfswerkat Berlin International Filmfestival Torun Lian Painswick film
One Love /romantic. Comedy, Jamaica Don Letts/RickElgood Nick Powel /Scala/Exposed
Last witness /Thriller, Sweden. Harald Hamrell Filmlance Int.
Dragon Fly /3xCharacter -thriller,Official Selection Berlin. Kodak Nordic Vision Award. Nominated Amanda, Winner of New Directors award at Flanders Int. Filmfest.NDR and Edinburgh Int. Filmfest, Promotion Prize at Lübeck Nordic. Official Selection Berlin. Marius Holst Four and A half
Odd Little Man / Da jeg traff Jesus/Epic-Family.Nominated Grand Jury Prize AFI Fest Stein Leikanger Nordic Screen
In bed with Santa /Tomten/ dark-comedy, Swedenwon Guldbaggen, Best Actress Kjell Sundvall Filmlance Int. AB
Scphaaa  /Teen-age thrillerNominated Amanda, winner of Audience,  the Silver Camera and the  Student Jury Award  at Brothers Manaki Int. Film fest., Directors Week Award, Directors Week special Jury award at Fantasporto. Erik Poppe Bul-Bul film
Mannen med ikonerna  / Thriller, Sweden, Pelle Seth Filmlance Int. AB
Beck /Thriller, Sweden. Pelle Seth Filmlance Int. AB
Onkel Oskar  /Children)Evald Evald Otterstad WilthagenProd.
Pust på meg” /Drama Marius Holst Norsk Film as
Fredrikssons Fabrikk /Comedy Bo Hermansson Teamfilm

List of Awards:

Nominated for the International Awards for Cinematography (European Federation of Cinematographers)
Honorary Member 2017.  The Norwegian Society of Cinematographers /FNF.
Kosmorama/Kanonprisen, Trondheim Intern. Film festival, best Cinematography, The Kings Choice
Nominated at Amanda (The Norwegian “Oscar” )   for best Cinematography, The Wave.
Nominated for Amanda (The Norwegian “Oscar” ) for the Kings Choice
Silver Hugo for Best Cinematography, 1001Grams at CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Kosmorama film festival “Kanonprisen” 2014 award for 1001 grams
The Amanda Stautuette 2013, Best Cinematography for A Thousand Times Good Night
Nominated at Amanda (The Norwegian “Oscar” )   for best Cinematography, De Usynlige
 The Norwegian Film Critics´association award 2013, A special award for the Cinematography,  A Thousand Times Good Night
“the golden clapperboard”. Dedicated film technicians in Norway.
1. Prize, Director of Photography, The Bothersome man”, (Kosmorama, Trondheim Intern. Filmfest)
Special price, the visual universe of  “The Bothersome man” , (Kosmorama, Trondheim Intern. Filmfest)
“the cameraman of the year” ( Norway).
The Kodak Camera Award, Hamton Film festival , New York
The Aamot statuette. Dedicated people in front or behind the camera. 16 years since the price have been given to a DP.
Kodak Nordic Vision Award for «Øyenstikker (Dragonfly)» at the Gothenburg Film festival.
The Silver camera Award, Camera 300 for «Schpaaa», at the International Film Camera festival in Bitola, (Macedonia)
The Audience-award, Jury of the Faculty of Drama, television and film Arts. (Macedonia)
“Guldklappan”, a special photo prize. (Sweden)
“the cameraman of the year” (Norway).
Emmy Award, Best Cinematpography «16 days of glory» (USA)

PRESSCLIPPINGS; 33, + 6x radio 4x TV. Among them:

Article in American Cinematographer magazine about The Quake
Article in American Cinematographer magazine about  A Thousand Times Good Night
Interview in ARRI NEWS
Product endorsement /interview, Cinevation Film recorder (35mm Cinema commercial)
TV Documentary about John Chr. Rosenlund for TV West – Norway
Article in American Cinematographer magazine / USA, regarding Factotum
Article in Screen magazine / USA, regarding Factotum
portrait of John Chr. Rosenlund, AVM media Nordic Countries
“Being in Control”, Interview in Film And Video magazine (US)
“Hot shots add sparkle to Dragonfly”/ In Camera/ International Kodak magazine
“John Chr. Rosenlund, Name of the year”. In Afteposten, (biggest and  leading newspaper in Norway)
1/2 Hour interview in the national TV of Macedonia.



Biography  |  John Christian Rosenlund 

42 credits as Cinematographer for film and TV drama, 700-800 commercials to his credit. 

Works with directors as Erik Poppe, Harald Zwart, Per-Olav Sørensen, Bent Hamer, Martin Campbell, Thaddeus O’Sullivan, Erik Skjoldbjerg, Jens Lien, Marius Holst, Morten Tyldum and Roar Uthaug.

From early childhood John Christian had a strong passion for painting and drawing and at the age of 12, he shot his first movies on Super 8 and graduated quickly to his own Bolex 16mm camera.

Two years later, John began his career as an actor at Rogaland Theatre and beyond.

John Christian´s interest for sound led him to his first professional film job. At the age of 16, he started as a sound recordist, and later cinematographer on documentaries, mainly for the international Oil industry, (such as BP, Amoco, Statoil and ELF), shooting on oil rigs in the North Sea and at Spitsbergen, mainly on 16 and 35mm film.

John moved to Oslo at the age of 21 and made his living by directing and shooting music videos, commercials and assisting Director/Cinematographer Odd Geir Sæther (Edvard Munch/Inland Empire) as focus puller and sound editor on award winning commercials.

At the age of 29, he landed his first feature as Director of Photography.

Beside more than 20 film-awards and nominations for cinematography for his features and TV dramas, five of John’s films have been Norway´s Oscar candidate.  He has also won the Amanda (“Norwegian Oscar”), The Norwegian Film Critics Association award, Emmy for“16 days of Glory”, “The Golden Clapperboard”, Kodak “Camera Man of the Year” twice and “The Aamot Statuette” (one of the highest ranking awards in the film industry, Norway), and FNF / The Norwegian Society of Cinematographers honorary Award for 2017.


Alongside his work as award winning Cinematographer, John Christian has been a leading force in developing of new tools for the film industry; 

In 2000 John Christian shot  “Dragon Fly”, the first Super-16 film to Digital scope 2K feature ever made.  (Which won the Nordic Kodak Vision Camera award)

Creator of Softlights, the first and only both digital Wi-Fi and DMX controlled Tube light system ever made. (

Initiator of Remotion, digital controlled remote controlled camera head with the world first pan-bar operated system ever made.

Founder of Drylab, now Storyline Studios, the world first Digital Intermediate /DI (Digital lab) based on real-time 2K workflow by using the world first Arriscan.  (

Initiator of Drylab R&D. Since 2004, developing leading metadata based software the International film industry.  (

2007-10  co-vice president of IMAGO technical committee.

2010-18, Member of the IMAGO technical committee.

John Christian has experience in shooting everything from extreme arctic conditions climate to tropical environments.


Represented in Europe by The Talent Group and in US by APA.